why does the cisco isb7050 use softare and drivers windows ce 5.X , a 7 yr old operating system

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The CISCO ISB7050 PVR uses Windows CE because it's a stable and well known OS platfrom with good PVR support. A full version of Windows 7 Home Premium and up has Windows Media Center built in which has very good PVR capabilities. Although I would not use WIN CE for a full computer or a portable device, a PVR is that middle ground it works well in. WIN CE is fast enough for video recording, easy to program, and is not expensive on a per unit basis. Alternatives like Linux and Wind River VXWorks are also good choices but Linux lacks DRM and VXWorks is expensive to get into and has real time abilities not needed.

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Telus doesn't use the Cisco ISB7050. They use the CIS430 for the PVR.

 

A lot of things use Windows CE still.


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The CISCO ISB7050 PVR uses Windows CE because it's a stable and well known OS platfrom with good PVR support. A full version of Windows 7 Home Premium and up has Windows Media Center built in which has very good PVR capabilities. Although I would not use WIN CE for a full computer or a portable device, a PVR is that middle ground it works well in. WIN CE is fast enough for video recording, easy to program, and is not expensive on a per unit basis. Alternatives like Linux and Wind River VXWorks are also good choices but Linux lacks DRM and VXWorks is expensive to get into and has real time abilities not needed.

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